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Independent Physician Associations

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Independent Physician Associations

Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) are physician-led entity groups, made up of solo or small-group primary care and specialty physicians, who are usually tied to a specific geographic location. IPAs are designed to negotiate on behalf of their participating independent physicians, concerning the acquisition of new patients and patient reimbursements. IPAs contract with insurance companies, health management organizations (HMOs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and even hospitals regarding modified fee-for-service or capitation payments. 

Independent Physician Associations

How Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) Win Together


Scott Hodgin


January 15, 2019

Today’s healthcare system is undergoing a complicated transformation, a regulatory restructuring of care coordination and payment reimbursement from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based care. Payment models and care delivery systems are evolving, and independent physicians are being forced to reexamine their roles and sustainability in this modern approach to health care. With the help of...

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